Union labor building nine-story affordable housing in San Fransisco’s Tenderloin neighbourhood

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Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) have started construction of a new affordable housing development at 1990 Folsom in the Mission in San Fransisco.

“All of the 143 apartments in the nine-story building, “Casa Adelante – 1990 Folsom,” will be permanently affordable for low-income families, with 25 percent set aside for families choosing to relocate from HOPE SF sites. Over one-half of the units will be two and three-bedroom apartments for families,” the San Fransisco Construction and Building Trades Council reports in its Organized Labor newsletter.

Nibbi Brothers is the project’s general contractor and Nibbi’s project manager, Phillip Rayman, said the project will be built using all union labor.

Major subcontractors include O’Brien Mechanical, Value Fire Protection for fire sprinklers, Broadway Mechanical and McKee Electric. Demolition and excavation of the site, which had been vacant and underutilized, began in March. A small crew of Laborers, Operating Engineers, and Carpenters is now employed at the site; the building will rise to the podium level in October.

“When voters passed the Affordable Housing Bond in 2015, this was the exact type of project we were looking to create for our low-income families,” said Mayor London Breed. “We desperately need more affordable housing, and the $500 million Affordable Housing Bond I introduced this week will allow us to begin construction on new projects for low-income residents that are ready to be built today, continue rebuilding our public housing throughout the City, and keep current tenants housed.” (In late May, Mayor Breed and Supervisor Norman Yee proposed increasing the amount of the housing bond measure to appear on the November 2019 ballot to $600 million.)

San Francisco-based architects Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMS Architects) designed the 155,000 sq. ft. project that is targeting LEED Gold status using energy-efficient systems and building practices.

The project will take approximately 22 months to complete, and employ many union construction workers.

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